About Lina Kumar

Lina Kumar is a podiatrist that qualified from Plymouth and Brighton Universities with a BSc (Hons) and MSc in Podiatry in 2001 and 2004 respectively. Since then she has worked for the NHS and private sector as a podiatrist with a special interest in wound care and diabetes.

In 2016 Lina qualified as a nutritionist from the Blackford Institute and has since followed her passion in this field. Lina is a believer in a balanced dietary regime and advocates the Mediterranean Diet. Having been born and brought up in Cyprus, she had the blessing to be surrounded by fields of fig, citrus, olive, cherry and almond trees, vineyards, as well as an array of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. She was privileged enough to be able to go into the garden and pick these foods fresh from the field and have a diet that was based on wholesome and organically-grown food.

Since having moved to the UK in 1998 she has strived to have as healthy a diet as possible for herself and her family, with fresh produce, olive oil (which her mum and dad still make at the olive mill from their own olive trees and bring over to England on their visits), nuts and seeds, fish and little meat.

With the steep rise in diabetes, obesity and heart disease, it is in our hands to take control of our health and, along with exercise and a happy mind, use food as a powerful tool to take control and fend off disease.

Diabetes and endocrine health issues are multifactorial metabolic conditions, which need a multi-faceted approach. This is comprised of medical therapeutics such as nutrition, exercise, motivation and structured education in order to achieve optimal outcomes for prevention and cure. Recognising this early in her career as a specialist podiatrist, Lina decided to add an important aspect of nutrition to her clinical approach eg: mediterranean diet in diabetes, iodine replete state in thyroid, calorie deficit in weight loss, current concepts of intermittent fasting etc.

In this blog, we will explore the power that lies in naturally-occurring foods and how we can use them to optimise our health, based on what issues we experience.

We cover many aspects of food and nutrition, with a focus on the key ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, which is evidence-based again and again for its benefits.

Happy reading and please get in touch with your comments or questions- I love questions!

What does the Med Diet look like on a daily basis?

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Tips for life with diabetes

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Features of the mediterranean diet and foods that heal in diabetes

An issue that troubles many of our patients is what foods they can eat “because of diabetes” or “with diabetes”.  We will start by firstly rephrasing this question to foods to eat “for diabetes”.  The difference is subtle, but important because it uses food as a tool in order to ‘work with’ the diabetes, rather […]